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Comment Re:An Insider's View (Score 1) 50

First of all, never call your product a "competitive product". You know what this means? Essentially what you're saying is "the others are just as shitty, so why try harder?" Another thing is that the message is not what you say but what your audience hears. It's nice that you feel like your customer has a seat at your table, but this does not arrive at your customers. They do not feel that way. And if you care about how your customers think about you, this is what matters.

One thing is certain: Goodwill goes a long way, and it takes a long, long time to rebuild from ruins. And let's be honest here, Comcast's goodwill is in the gutter. You have a long uphill battle in front of you if you really care.

Comment Re:19th and 20th century powerhouse (Score 2) 201

Solar panels have a very large capital expense, they are cheap in the long run, but they are not feasible for running industry in poor countries.

Raw, ready-to-mount, single-crystal panels are down to $0.50/watt now, in pallets of ten at about 350 watts each, and have good lifetimes. Even adding the control electronics and batteries for nighttime and bad weather power, and replacing the batteries periodically, that's cheaper than building and running coal plants and their distribution infrastructure (even at third-world labor prices).

The control electronics is mostly semiconductor devices and still benefiting from Moore's Law. Solar panels are still improving, as are batteries (following their own Moore's Law like curves.) Solar has a factor of several in efficiency yet to go, and lot of room for cheaper manufacture. Batteries are pretty efficient, but still have lots of room for improvement in charge/discharge rates, lifetime, and manufacturing cost. Coal plants, meanwhile, are already close to as efficient and cheap to run as they can get. So solar will continue to improve its lead.

The main remaining advantage to coal plants is grid power gives suppliers an ongoing revenue stream and a captive market, while solar provides only an occasional capital purchase.

(But why do you never hear about the greenhouse effect of solar panels?)

Comment Re:The U.S. government is CORRUPT! (Score 2) 96

Rich corporations and people are allowed to do what they want.

There are exceptions: Volkswagen to pay $2.8 billion in US diesel emission scandal

That's because they cheated the GOVERNMENT.

But it's nice to see the individuals who got hurt (lower mileage once the patches are applied, lower resale value) getting some of the bux for a change.

(Why do you still get robo-calls? Because the Fed preempted state laws that had let people sue the robo-callers for damages.)

Comment I thought this was released weeks ago (Score 3, Interesting) 96

I thought one of the previous releases mentioned Weeping Angel (or at least weeping something) and that it turned Samsung TVs into room bugs. So I assumed this one was more details on it.

But the media seems to be talking about it as if it's new with this release and a big surprise.

Did they just notice it now, or am I misremembering the earlier stuff? (Either way, it's good that it's finally getting public attention.)

(Sorry to bother others with the question. But I've been too busy to plow through it all personally and would appreciate info from people who have done some deep-diving.)

Comment Re:It would be... (Score -1) 208

Bikes don't belong around cars. Bike lanes should be only built on the sidewalks, bikers don't pay neither taxes nor fees to have lanes given to them by the idiotic governments. I say hit every bike that is on the road, do it on purpose, run them off the roads even in bike lanes unless it is a *toll road* and they *paid* to take it.

Comment Re:What a surprise... (Score 0) 39

So if you believe that go ahead, start your own business and see how that works out for you.

Businesses create everything, all products and all services, all salaries and even (unfortunately) all taxes. Without people starting businesses that produce more than the owner can consume there is no economy, there is no trade, there is no specialization. There are no jobs except for constant work to survive *somehow*.

All income taxes, all property taxes, all payroll taxes are paid out of money that businesses generate, literally create by work. There shouldn't *be* any of those taxes, but that is a separate discussion.

Regulations, that you dismiss so easily are not only around accounting. Do you know that businesses around you are *forced* to spy on you by the government that the collectivists brought to power? All business regulations are taxes of-course, they are all costs. Labour laws, how you hire people, how you fire people, how you deal with your clients, there are regulations in everything, it is all permeating and if a government official wants to cause harm to *any* business, he can do so easily. Businesses are *targets* for lawsuits, for government actions *because* businesses make money.

When I sat make money, I literally mean making Monet, as in creating real wealth. Those who create are targets for those who want to take, to steal.

Businesses shouldn't be paying any taxes, individuals can pat some fees, but even individuals shouldn't be paying taxes. Again, a separate discussion. However the really important point to understand is this: if businesses leave, if there are no businesses left you have nothing, not much at all.

Collectivists are making sure that businesses leave. Of course businesses fight back, they pay off to who they are supposed to, it all makes sense, but it is bad policy to structure the society in the way that forces people to fight it. In the long run the mob gets the shaft anyway, being left without a working economy (Venezuela, USSR, Cuba, north Korea, and soon USA), and being left without any individual freedoms at the same time.

The mob votes in the politicians on the promise of stealing from those who run businesses, it is all about jealousy of course. The mob wants what it sees as the luxury that the business owners allow themselves by building working businesses. The mob wants that and gets the politicians to steal. SS, Medicare, minimum wage, labour laws, IRS, The Federal reserve bank (independent from government my ass), FDIC, FHA, FDA, EPA, FBI, DEA, you name it. At the end the economy gets destroyed.

If you become a business owner yourself you will realise what a box you are in, everybody wants to steal from you, the mob and its politicians, the rules set up by the competition through the politicians, the fake money that the Fed manipulates and the fake interest rates... You end up being blamed for the bad economy while basically you are the reason there is any economy at all. So it all makes sense. Do not pay taxes, find every possible way to avoid taxes and regulations, pay off, do whatever needs to be done. The society is a sick, jealous, lazy, collectivist mob and you are on your own against it.

Comment It's "Don't pull the rug out from under me" (Score 1) 364

... the sheer number of "why would you want that at all" or "nobody needs that" or "the software is fine as it is" type responses from software users. What is particularly puzzling is that its not the developers of the software rejecting the suggestions -- its users of the software ...

You've answered your own question. To mix a few metaphors:

One of the things about software is that a LOT of people stand on the shoulders of each giant - by being users of his code. A change that isn't a straight augmentation (and even some that are intended to be) can shift the sand under their castles and bring them crashing down.

Comment Re:How is Holmes not indicted yet? (Score 5, Interesting) 39

Let's see, how about all these other people (from Wikipedia):

former Secretary of State George Shultz, William Perry (former Secretary of Defense), Henry Kissinger (former Secretary of State), Sam Nunn (former U.S. Senator), Bill Frist (former U.S. Senator and heart-transplant surgeon), Gary Roughead (Admiral, USN, retired), James Mattis (General, USMC), Richard Kovacevich (former Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO) and Riley Bechtel (chairman of the board and former CEO at Bechtel Group). ...
The board included past presidents or board members of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry such as Susan A. Evans, William Foege, former director U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, David Helfet, director of the Orthopedic Trauma Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery and professors, Ann M. Gronowski, Larry J. Kricka, Jack Ladenson, Andy O. Miller and Steven Spitalnik.

Fabrizio Bonanni (former executive vice president of Amgen), Richard Kovacevich and William Foege, (former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), who would help to publicly introduce its technologies....

there were many people involved there, people with government ties. This con was beautifully done, all the way till the inevitable failure. It may be not so easy just to pin everything on Holmes. The best con men (and women) are those, who are true believers in their own con, I wonder if she was (is) a true believer, did she con everybody else or also herself?

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